Charlie Sheen may be headed back to TV

Mon Mar 21, 2011 7:53pm EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Charlie Sheen may be out of a job, for now. But according to reports swirling on Monday the actor may be back on television sooner rather than later.

NBC News quoted sources close to Sheen as saying that CBS had offered the actor back his job on the hit comedy "Two and A Half Men", but no deal had been struck and discussions were ongoing.

Elsewhere, The Hollywood Reporter said Sheen met with senior executives at rival network Fox last week for talks. The actor sent a cryptic Tweet over the weekend reading "perhaps a new lair...? A Fox and a Warlock? epic" accompanied by a picture of a Fox television logo.

Sheen was fired from "Two and A Half Men," the most-watched TV comedy in the United States, on March 7 after a stream of public insults toward its producer, Chuck Lorre.

Earlier, the actor had been the subject of numerous media reports about his wild partying, and he spent time in drug and alcohol rehab, leading Warner Bros. Television, which makes "Two and A Half Men," to call Sheen's conduct "dangerously self-destructive."

Celebrity website on Monday also reported unnamed sources as saying that CBS chief executive Les Moonves wanted to get Sheen and "Two and A Half Men" back on the air, and had spoken with the producer and co-creator Lorre -- the target of much of Sheen's ire.

Sheen's spokesman said he had no comment on the various reports. CBS and Warner Bros. Television declined to comment.

It was unclear whether Sheen would want to go back to his role as a womanizing bachelor on "Two and A Half Men" despite filing a $100 million lawsuit claiming he was unfairly dismissed.

The show is a cash cow for CBS and Warner Bros. Last week, estimated that it made an estimated $2.89 million in advertising revenue per half-hour show.   Continued...

<p>Actor Charlie Sheen gestures towards fans as he arrives for a sentencing hearing at the Pitkin County Courthouse in Aspen, Colorado August 2, 2010. REUTERS/Rick Wilking</p>